Martian Death Flu

You can't really tell from this picture, but Cupcake hasn't been feeling well for the last few days, so yesterday we took her to the pediatrician's office to get checked out. (Family doctor, actually -- and an osteopath, to boot!)

You also can't really tell from this picture, but we did NOT have a good time at the doctor's office. She wouldn't cooperate and get on the scale, she freaked RIGHT THE HELL OUT when they tried to take her temperature with the underarm thermometer, and when we got to the part where the doctor tried to look in her ears and throat? NUCLEAR MELTDOWN.

Long story short: not RSV or leukemia or asbestoisis, as I feared. (Oh, have I mentioned I'm a hypochondriac?) Just an ear infection, some "crackling" in one lung but nothing major, and possibly something going on in the throat but we're not sure because of the gnashing of teeth. Amoxicillin. 10 days of the joy and bliss of coercing a toddler into taking antibiotics that Mommy is allergic to. FUN TIMES.

PS -- G is sick too. He has the scourge that I had over Christmas. Martian Death Flu doesn't really figure in anywhere, except that it's one of my favorite Dave Barry columns ever.


  1. it is amazing how happy she looks considering she's at the doctor's office. hope you're all feeling better soon!

  2. I agree. She looks happy... nothing at all like the devil child you describe. BTW, if the amoxicillin doesn't go over well, see if the pharmacy can flavor it. Might help lessen the pain of having to give it to her.

  3. I have to agree...She actually looks like her normal fun happy go lucky self!

  4. I KNOW. when i want her to look cute and innocent, she twitches like a trout on amphetamines. when i want to take a picture of her misbehaving so i can blackmail her later, she's all cuteness and light. although i understand that is typical of this age.

    and i will be the first to admit that i have TOTALLY resorted to bribery: "if you take this medicine, then mommy will give you two tic-tacs." i am keeping that company solvent ...